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Minority businesses to be feted Aug. 26-28

Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency will celebrate themedweek achievements of minority entrepreneurs and business leaders during the 27th annual National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) conference on Aug. 26-28 in Washington, D.C. 

NBA Hall of Famer, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, will be the keynote speaker for the opening session on Aug. 27. The conference, under the theme “Energizing the American Economy with Minority Business Enterprises,” will focus on helping minority small businesses navigate the current economic climate and tap into the financial resources and contracting opportunities that are available as a result of the President’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The event will also feature two workshops hosted by SBA: “Win Government Contracts for Your Small Business,” conducted by authors John DiGiacomo and James Kleckner on Aug. 26, and “Strategic Alliances for Winning Business,” to educate small businesses on how to develop strategic alliances and successful mentor-protégé relationships with graduates of SBA’s 8(a) Business Development program on Aug. 27. 

Registration, which is free and can be done at, is necessary to attend these workshops. MED Week 2009 will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel and is co-hosted by the Minority Business Development Agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce and the SBA.

The conference also will feature a MED Week Welcome Reception, a Business Expo and Trade Show, networking breakfasts, a Business-to-Business Linkage forum in which small businesses are paired with government agencies and private-sector companies to discuss potential contracting opportunities (pre- registration required and invitation only), and several award ceremonies honoring minority entrepreneurs, minority business advocates and leaders in the corporate community, including a MED Week awards gala to close out the week. 

For more information about MED Week, visit SBA’s Web site at

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